With polls tanking and prognosticators openly stating President Trump is likely to lose to former Vice President Joe Biden on November 3, the president floated the idea of delaying the November 3 election.
Trump’s suggestion lines up with several other comments he has made undermining the legitimacy of mail-in ballots. Massive jobless numbers since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which the Trump White House has offered no sustained plan to confront, has led to a record-breaking nine percent loss in gross national product.
Over 150,000 Americans have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. Infection numbers continue to spike in many states. No comprehensive federal plan for testing, treatment and funding has been put in place by the Trump Administration. Trump’s suggestion regarding delaying the November 3 election arrives after more evidence.
“Never in the history of the country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally-scheduled election on time. We’ll find a way to do that again this November 3,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during an interview with WNKY.
“I think that’s probably a statement that gets some press attention, but I doubt it gets any serious traction. I think we’ve had elections every November since about 1788, and I expect that will be the case again this year,” Republican Sen. Thune said.
Early on July 30, Trump tweeted: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the U.S.A. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
What has been less inaccurate are polls and other indicators leading many to believe Trump is staring into an electoral college and massive popular vote loss. Many fear he may not recognize the legitimacy of the election but few have a specific answer regarding who will enforce his departure if he loses which is followed by a formal change of power at noon on January 20, 2001.
“It has become increasingly clear, at least to me, that the majority of Republicans in Congress and in the White House are an existential threat to this Republic,” wrote Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude on July 30.
“Over the past 20 years there’s been .00006% cases of fraud in all mail-in ballots cast in presidential elections. Trump wants to delay the election because he knows he has a .00006% chance of winning,” wrote Ron Perlman on social media.
“The inability to imagine Donald Trump has always been one of Trump’s greatest strengths,” said Republican strategist Stuart Stevens who is part of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project.
(Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist for NNPA and the host of the podcast Burkefile. She is also a political strategist as principal of Win Digital Media LLC. She may be contacted at <LBurke007@gmail.com> and on twitter at @LVBurke).